Last month, on Israel's 75th Independence Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office released a video which featured, among other things, the premier lauding the peace agreements that Israel has reached with Arab countries over the years, especially the 2020 Abraham Accords.
"I intend to lead the expansion of this peace to unimaginable heights," he pledged in the recorded message to the nation.
It's a promise Netanyahu has been offering since before his return to office late last year, and hardly a diplomatic meeting or speech goes by in which he or his foreign minister don't talk of such an expansion.
But circumstances are making it ever harder for Netanyahu to bring more Arab countries — and especially the big prize Saudi Arabia — into the "circle of peace," as he calls it.
Without a marked change in Netanyahu's relationship with the Joe Biden White House, and in the prime minister's control over his own coalition, that circle is not going to expand.
Read the full article at the Times of Israel.
Lazar Berman is the Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter and a Middle East Forum Writing Fellow.